Three Things We Learned This Spring

NORMAN, Okla. -- There are still four and a half months until the Sooners kick things off against Brigham Young University in Dallas on Sept. 5, but we found out three major things this spring about the team.

1. Leadership will not be an issue:
In college football, for a team to have as much success as the Sooners have throughout their rich tradition, there must be leadership all over the field. Coming out of the spring, it seems that the Sooners will yet again have that leadership. Returning Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Sam Bradford, running backs DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown, wide receivers Adron Tennell and Ryan Broyles and offensive lineman Trent Williams are some of the players on the offense that will be expected to step up and show the way to the rest of an offense that lost a lot of veterans from a year ago. But the Sooners' defense is stacked with returning veterans. On the defensive line, Gerald McCoy has been a mainstay as far as leadership is concerned. Linebacker Keenan Clayton leads the way in the heart of the defense, and the back line features veterans Dominique Franks and Brian Jackson, All of these guys have showed that potential during spring ball, so leadership shouldn't be an issue when OU opens up its season.

2. The defense will likely be a major force once again:
For those who have followed the Sooners over the years, especially in the recent ones, a smothering defense is almost a given for OU. Guys like Roy Williams, Tommy Harris and Rocky Calmus come to mind when thinking about the hard-hitting players opponents have to face when coming into Norman. That's why some of last year's struggles in giving up a lot of yards in games throughout the year were such a frustration for the Sooner nation. But with veterans like McCoy, Clayton, Franks and Jackson, along with other talented players like Jeremy Beal, Austin Box and Quinton Carter, the Sooners look to serve as a defensive force in 2009.

3. There isn't any hangover from the National Championship:
Throughout the spring, the mood of the team has been all business and motivation, and several players have talked about that. They have talked about how they are just using the loss in the National Championship game in Miami last year as extra incentive to get back to the big game next year and finish with a different result. The Sooners have maintained a positive, working attitude during spring ball and seem poised to make another run next year towards the Big 12 and National Titles.

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